January 12, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 32

Stories from the January 12, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of alumnus

A suspect in the murders of a GW alumnus and his wife pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday. Prosecutors charged Piero Fuentes Hernandez, 21, in the death of Michael Spevak – who graduated from GW in 1961 – and his wife Virginia after the couple was found murdered in their Northwest D.C. home in […]

Hobbs faces scrutiny after losing streak

Correction appended Since Karl Hobbs’ arrival in Foggy Bottom eight years ago, students have welcomed the head men’s basketball coach to the Smith Center court by bowing, an act of reverence usually reserved for royalty and deities. Even last season, when the team missed the postseason for the first time in more than 30 years, […]

Foggy Bottom bars seek extended inauguration hours

More than 200 bars, restaurants and nightclubs have registered with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to extend their hours and alcohol service during inauguration weekend, but some popular Foggy Bottom establishments still do not know if they will be permitted. While Lindy’s, TGI Friday’s and The 51st State are among the 129 venues in the […]

New VP is political veteran

The University announced last week that Lorraine Voles, an alumna with more than a decade of communications experience in D.C., will be the school’s first vice president of external relations – a new position that oversees both public affairs and lobbying activities. Voles, who graduated with a BA in journalism from GW in 1981, has […]

MLK Day service activity already filled to capacity

This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day GW community service event has filled to capacity much earlier than expected, organizers said. More than 200 students, faculty, alumni and 21 student leaders signed up to volunteer on Jan. 19 – the maximum that can fit in the buses chartered to take the volunteers to Anacostia High […]

Students launch online global dictionary

Web Extra When Ian Balina, an experienced Web designer, and Asad Mahmood, a middle school spelling bee champion who speaks four languages, met on the first day of their freshmen engineering class, they had no idea their combined interests would lead them to technological innovation. This semester the two juniors created Leximo, an online dictionary […]

Students still studying in Israel despite conflict

It will take more than bullets and bombs to stop Jaclyn Rothenberg from spending a semester in Israel. Rothenberg, a junior, decided that the recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians will not derail her plans to study abroad. Her flight leaves for Tel Aviv later this month. “I know it seems pretty crazy to go […]

Welcome Back Week to award inaugural ball tickets

Web Extra Not one of the 5,200 people with a ticket to GW’s Inaugural Ball? There is still hope. Five events during Welcome Back Week will offer students a chance to win a pair of tickets to the sold-out event on Jan. 20. Mayra Espinoza, student involvement coordinator for the Student Activities Center, said SAC […]

Cheh seeks intern rights

A D.C. City Council member and GW professor is trying to alter a local law that prohibits unpaid interns from suing their employers. Last year, a college student filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her employer in the District, which prompted a judge to rule that unpaid interns did not have the legal basis to […]